According to the new paper, a 70-year-old Canadian man with preexisting cardiovascular disease suffered a heart attack soon after treating himself to a THC lollipop.
It details a 70-year-old man with coronary artery disease, a condition where the buildup of plaque in arteries narrows blood flow to the heart.
At the same time, like all other medications, it does carry risk and side effects,” study author Alexandra Saunders, a cardiologist and chief resident in the internal medicine program at Dalhousie University in New Brunswick, said in a statement.
Aside from its anxiety-raising effects, cannabis is known to affect the cardiovascular system directly, including making the heart pump faster for a few hours.
But the connection between cannabis use and the risk of heart problems has only been infrequently studied, with no clear conclusions.
Two years ago, though, doctors published a controversial case study of a 11-month-old boy who died from a heart condition after ingesting cannabis.
“The outcome of this case is important with new marijuana legalization—hopefully with marijuana use no longer criminalized, more research into the cardiovascular side effects will emerge,” they wrote.
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